Blog 2024 Real Estate Imagine Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe 's Home in Portland, OR

Imagine Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe ‘s Home in Portland, OR

By Jené DeSpain, March 29, 2024

If Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe were looking to start an artist’s collective in Portland, Oregon, this is the home they would fall in love with. The sun-drenched desert vibes of this very special 1926 Spanish Stucco, with references to Tuscan and Moroccan architecture, absolutely captures both women’s aesthetic.

From the arched enclosed porch, step into the main living space anchored by a tiled fireplace and custom built-ins. The open layout guides you towards the dining room featuring a bespoke glass cabinet & mirrored built-in hutch, bordered by period style windows. I can see Frida and Georgia sitting around this fireplace talking about politics and community.

Custom colors of terra cotta & cobalt, with accents of bone whites & desert rose, reflect both women’s personal interior styles.

I had the joy of representing the seller who lived in this beautiful Portland home, in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, for almost 30 years. She is a painter and a sculptor with an active local following, who had the incredible opportunity to evolve her career to a new location in France. While the rolling hills of Southern France were too appealing to pass up, to say goodbye to her beloved stucco abode was bittersweet.

With the hope of bringing a new market ready look, she and I saw a natural inspiration to reflect her artistic experiences within the home as the vision for its presentation. Evoking Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe’s aesthetics, two strong women who’s homes were the roots of their creations, was a befitting choice for this seller’s charming 1926 Spanish Stucco.

Within just three days on the hot Portland market, multiple offers arrived. My seller and I reviewed each offer, and she selected a lovely couple who had been looking for just what her home offered in the Alberta area. These buyers shared her love of art and animals, and they spoke about their desire to continue on in her attentive care of the very unique property. It was a great fit!

Congratulations to my seller and these fantastic buyers! So happy to share in the creative joy of this Portland market and all the people we get to meet within our meaningful transactions. ♥︎


Jené DeSpain

Broker | OR

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